Buffaloes Well Represented In Pac-12 Coaches Awards

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BOULDER — The University of Colorado is well represented in the 2013 Pac-12 Conference coaches’ women’s basketball postseason awards, highlighted by Arielle Roberson being named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, the conference office announced on Tuesday.

Senior guard Chucky Jeffery earned All-Pac-12 honors for the second consecutive season while junior guard Brittany Wilson was named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team. Roberson was also named to the five-member All-Freshman team.

Sophomore forward Jen Reese and Roberson earned honorable mention to the All-Pac-12 team. Contributing to one of the top defenses in the Pac-12, Jeffery, Roberson and junior center Rachel Hargis all received honorable mention to the All-Defensive Team.

Roberson, a 6-foot-1-inch forward from San Antonio, is a five-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week this season, winning that award more than any other peer in the league. She is second on the team and ranks 15th in the Pac-12 in scoring at 12.4 points per game. She tops the Buffaloes in free-throws made and attempted (92-of-136) and is second in rebounding at 5.8 per outing. Roberson is one of the league’s better offensive rebounders with a team-best 86, ranking seventh on the league charts.

Roberson’s Freshman of the Year honor is the first of its kind for the Buffaloes in any conference. However, CU had four Big Eight Conference Newcomer of the Year winners, two of which were upperclassmen and two freshmen (Bridget Turner, 1986; Shelley Sheetz, 1992).

Jeffery, a 5-10 guard from Colorado Springs, Colo., leads Colorado in scoring (13.6 ppg), assists (4.0 apg), rebounds (8.6 rpg) and steals (2.3 spg). Jeffery has 10 double-doubles on the season, eight of which have come during conference play. She is prominent on the Pac-12 leaderboard ranking fifth in steals, assists, assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3), overall rebounding and defensive rebounds (6.6 drpg), 10th in scoring and 13th in free-throw percentage (.707).

Jeffery is the fifth Colorado player to win multiple all-conference first-team honors. Lisa Van Goor (Intermountain and Big Eight) and Shelley Sheetz (Big Eight) each won three while Tera Bjorklund and Jackie McFarland both won two (Big 12). She is also a two-time Media All-Pac-12 pick.

Wilson, a 5-7 guard from Long Beach, Calif., anchors one of the Pac-12’s best defenses, which is on pace to smash team records for scoring and field-goal percentage defense. She consistently draws the other team’s best back court player and has repeatedly held her opponent well below their season averages. Wilson has 42 steals on the season, helping a CU defense that averages 10 per game, ranking second in the Pac-12. The Buffaloes also rank second in the Pac-12 in scoring defense (53.7 ppg) and third in field-goal percentage defense (.348).

Reese, a 6-2 sophomore, from Clackamas, Ore., is one of the Pac-12’s top bench players averaging 8.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, both figures ranking third on the team. She was an honorable mention to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team in 2012. Hargis, a 6-4 junior from Robinson, Texas, tops Colorado and ranks 12th in the Pac-12 in blocked shots at 1.1 per contest. She also has a career season-best 25 steals.

Name School Pos. Yr. Hometown
Brittany Boyd California G So. Berkeley, Calif.
Gennifer Brandon California F Jr. Sylmar, Calif.
Alyssia Brewer UCLA F Sr. Tulsa, Okla.
Layshia Clarendon** California G Sr. San Bernardino, Calif.
Jazmine Davis* Washington G So. San Jose, Calif.
Cassie Harberts USC F Jr. San Clemente, Calif.
Chucky Jeffery** Colorado G Sr. Colorado Springs, Colo.
Kristi Kingma** Washington G/F Sr. Mill Creek, Wash.
Atonye Nyingifa UCLA F Jr. Torrance, Calif.
Chiney Ogwumike*** Stanford F Jr. Cypress, Texas
Amber Orrange Stanford G So. Houston, Texas
Michelle Plouffe Utah F Jr. Edmonton, Alberta
Joslyn Tinkle Stanford F Sr. Missoula, Mont.
Markel Walker** UCLA G/F Sr. Philadelphia, Pa.
Davellyn Whyte**** Arizona G Sr. Phoenix, Ariz.

**two-time All-Pac-12 honoree; ***three-time All-Pac-12 honoree

HONORABLE MENTION: Jillian Alleyne, ORE (Fr., F); Ariya Crook, USC (G, So.); Janae Fulcher, ASU (F, Sr.); Lia Galdeira, WSU (G, Fr.); Tia Presley, WSU (G, So.); Jen Reese, COLO (So., F); Arielle Roberson, COLO (F, Fr.); Iwalani Rodrigues, UTAH (G, Sr.); Talia Walton, WASH (F, RS-Fr.); Jamie Weisner, OSU (G, Fr.); Taryn Wicijowski, UTAH (F, Jr.).

Name School Pos. Hometown
Jillian Alleyne Oregon F Fontana, Calif.
Lia Galdeira Washington State G Kamuela, Hawai’i
Arielle Roberson Colorado F San Antonio, Texas
Talia Walton Washington F Federal Way, Wash.
Jamie Weisner Oregon State G Clarkson, Wash.

HONORABLE MENTION: Brianna Barrett, USC; Nirra Fields, UCLA; Kari Korver, UCLA; Haley Videckis, ASU.

Name School Pos. Yr. Hometown
Chiney Ogwumike*** Stanford F Jr. Cypress, Texas
Eliza Pierre** California G Sr. Pasadena, Calif.
Markel Walker UCLA G/F Sr. Philadelphia, Pa.
Aminah Williams Washington F So. Seattle, Wash.
Brittany Wilson Colorado G Jr. Long Beach, Calif.
** two-time All-Defensive team honoree *** three-time All-Defensive team honoree

HONORABLE MENTION: Promise Amukamara, ASU (G, So.); Brianna Barrett, USC (G, Fr.); Layshia Clarendon, CAL (G, Sr.); Lia Galdeira, WSU (G, Fr.); Rachel Hargis, COLO (C, Jr.); Chucky Jeffery, COLO (G, Sr.); Michelle Plouffe, UTAH (F, Jr.); Arielle Roberson, COLO (F, Fr.); Davellyn Whyte, ARIZ (G, Sr.).